Organizing your genealogical information geographically is simply: get a map. It is easy to overlook things when you don’t have a map at which to look. Political boundaries impact where records are kept and it is difficult to know which church or cemetery is nearby without one.

Make certain you have contemporary maps as well as modern ones. For those with urban ancestors, street names change, subdivisions are added, etc. For those with rural ancestors, county lines do move and people do cross them.

If the only map you have for a location is the one in your head, it’s time to get your head out of the clouds and get a real map.


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